Fullscreen Greenlights Originals From 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Shay Mitchell, Vlogger Andrea Russett
The subscription video service is placing an emphasis on personality-driven projects.
Fullscreen is adding originals from Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell and vlogger Andrea Russett to its subscription video service.
The digital media company on Thursday announced that it has ordered a slate of new personality-driven shows. It represents one of Fullscreen's first big orders since launching the service in April and shows that the company is still exploring formats for the youth-centric platform. Its early orders included scripted fare including Electra Woman & Dyna Girl and Filthy Preppy Teen$. Late last year, it unveiled The Deleted, a thriller from Bret Easton Ellis starring Nash Grier.
But this lineup — which includes a dating advice series, a talk show and a short-form sketch comedy show — is more reality-heavy.
"Fullscreen is committed to creating fresh and diverse programming that is a reflection of our audience who navigate new experiences every day," said Scott Reich, senior vp programming at Fullscreen. "This new programming slate celebrates varied points of views as we encourage and partner with today's stars to push their creative boundaries."
Fullscreen, like many of the new streaming services that have burst onto the short-form video scene in the last year, has yet to reveal many metrics around the popularity of its service. The company has not disclosed the size of its user base or audience for any of its shows.
Here is a full list of new programs:
Shades of Shay (8 episodes, early 2017)
Without all the glitz and glamor of Hollywood putting a wall between Shay Mitchell and her fans, the series will document her unfiltered and unpredictable journey. Each episode follows Mitchell as she navigates this uncharted, new chapter of her life. Shades of Shay is produced in association with Kids at Play and is executive produced by Mitchell, Jason Berger and Amy Laslett.
Shan Boody Is Your Perfect Date (12 episodes, Jan. 16)
Love and science mix in this wild dating experiment where Shan Boodram (aka Shan Boody) is out to prove that by focusing on the psychology of seduction rather than makeup and the perfect outfit, she can transform into anyone’s perfect date. The series is created and executive produced by Boodram and is directed by Eric Rusch.
Apologies in Advance With Andrea Russett (Jan. 19)
Actress and social media superstar Andrea Russett will anchor this weekly talk series, serving cocktails and dishing the latest gossip while sharing relationship and sex advice with surprise guests and her saucy bartender, Rachel Scanlon. Watch as things get wild and weird, all from her '90s-themed basement set. The series is directed by Michael Rucker, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Russett. Rodney To and Jason Duffy serve as producers.
GOAT Rodeo With Cody Ko (12 episodes, Jan. 27)
A weekly rant and opinion show presented by Cody Ko, who says what everyone else might be thinking as the world falls into chaos around him. In each episode, Ko will provide commentary on anything and everything socially relevant. Season one finds Ko tackling "Peak TV," bandwagon fans and Valentine's Day in his own unique humor. The series is executive produced by Eric Rusch and Ko, with Joseph Carnegie writing.
Hella Gay With Amanda McKenna (12 episodes, Feb. 1)
In her new series, Amanda McKenna expands on her mission to support and educate the LGBTQ community by visiting its institutions and interviewing its well-known and unsung champions. Amanda visits a queer-centric hair salon, performs drag like a queen and interviews trans actors and models, all while being perfectly and unapologetically “hella gay.” Whitnee Null and McKenna serve as executive producers.
Untitled Lizzie Velasquez Project (Early 2017)
In each episode of this new talk show, Lizzie Velasquez interviews guests to find out how beauty standards and style have impacted their lives in both positive and negative ways. They’ll tackle specific issues together all wrapped in the larger theme of finding inner beauty and confidence through clothes while keeping Velasquez's sense of humor and playfulness intact throughout with games and surprises. The series is directed and executive produced by Alex Davies with Velasquez also serving as executive producer and creator.
Search Bar With Anna Akana and Brad Gage (12 episodes, early 2017)
A new short-form sketch comedy show with something to say. Flipping issues like whitewashing, gender roles and the millennial experience on their head, creators and directors Anna Akana and Brad Gage deliver biting satire in their distinctive style. Akana and Gage, who serve as executive producers on the show, currently have a Fullscreen talk show called Explain Things to Me.